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Reflections on effective services: the art of evidence-based programming

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Third sector organisations (TSOs) are playing an increasingly prominent role in delivering health and social care services to the public. It is therefore important to ensure that such services are safe, equitable and effective. One way to achieve this is by incorporating evidence-based programmes (EBPs) and research into practice. Drawing on the broad literature, this article examines the values and knowledge preferences of TSOs and how these influence the incorporation of EBPs and related activities. Also discussed are the various factors that have an impact on successful EBP adoption and evidence use in the third sector and ways to maximise TSOs’ knowledge use. Informed by the perspective of a community-based mental health worker and academic researchers who engage in knowledge translation with TSOs, this discussion provides implications for practice and future research. Two recommendations are proposed: greater understanding of the knowledge-to-action pipeline; and the exploration and study of collaborations between TSOs and researchers.
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Keywords: evidence-based programmes; knowledge translation; third sector organisations

Affiliations: Western University, Canada

Appeared or available online: June 1, 2020

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